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Steven Ramey
Steven Ramey is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Director of Asian Studies at the University of Alabama. His book "Hindu, Sufi, or Sikh" focuses on communities who identify as Sindhi Hindus and the ways they contest dominant understandings of identities, both in India and beyond. His newest project addresses the assumptions in the language of religious labels and the ways those assumptions determine research and valorize particular constructions of religions. He also contributes to the Culture on the Edge blog and serves as the Series Editor of "Culture on the Edge: Studies in Identification," a book series with Equinox Publishers which analyzes the strategies that erase the historicity of identity by presenting identifications as static and uniform.

Entries by Steven Ramey

Is the Decline in Christianity Overstated in the Pew Survey?

(6) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 5:41 PM

"Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population" is a big headline of the Pew "America's Changing Religious Landscape" report published this week, but the data in the survey tells us more about changing ways that people respond to surveyors. Therefore, the consternation and celebration of commentators...

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How Do We Describe People Who Commit Violence and Their Victims?

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 8:22 PM

When violence and death dominate the headlines, descriptions of the perpetrators and those hurt help us bring a bit of order to tragedy. Whether discussing the deaths of hostages at the hands of ISIS, the murder of three young adults in Chapel Hill, or other recent incidents, the labels...

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Meaningless Surveys: The Faulty 'Mathematics' of the 'Nones

(6) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 7:58 AM

People unaffiliated with a religion, commonly grouped as the 'Nones,' are all the rage right now and have beckoned responses from faith leaders to philosophers and scholars of religion. Common among such responses is an unwavering and uncritical belief in...

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Constitutional Freedoms and Defining Religion

(44) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 7:04 PM

An ongoing court case concerning the constitutionality of a yoga program in Encinitas, Calif., schools resumed today. The plaintiffs assert that the program is inherently religious and, therefore, prohibited by the California Constitution. Their expert witness, a religious studies scholar from Indiana University, testified that the...

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What Happens When We Name the Nones

(331) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 9:04 AM

The "Nones" did not exist -- until society named them. Of course, individuals who do not designate a religious affiliation have existed for centuries, but a coherent group labeled Nones is a new creation. Most of the individuals who do not designate a religious affiliation would not identify themselves as...

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